South Bay Prosthodontics

Prosthodontists & Restorative Cosmetic Dentist located in Torrance, CA

An inlay is a pre-molded filling that fits comfortably into your tooth like a puzzle piece. Inlays are subtle and mimic the appearance of your natural teeth. MariaElena Rodriguez, DDS, Michelle Ikoma, DDS, and the team at South Bay Prosthodontics in Torrance, California, regularly prescribe inlays for men and women. To see if you’re a candidate, make an appointment by calling today.

Inlays Q & A

What are dental inlays?

Dental inlays are a type of custom filling designed to address damage or decay to a permanent tooth. Unlike traditional crowns that “cap” your tooth, dental inlays fill the areas between the cusps, or bumps, of your teeth. 

Dental inlays are typically made of porcelain or composite resin materials. They mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of your enamel. 

How are inlays different than onlays?

The terms inlays and onlays sound very similar, but they’re actually two different things. 

Onlays are a type of filling designed to address extensive damage like deep decay or problems with the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Inlays, on the other hand, treat more minor damage. 

For example, if you have one or more teeth with small cracks or slight decay, your dentist may recommend inlays.

Am I a good candidate for an inlay?

The only way to determine if you’re a good candidate for inlays is to schedule an appointment with the team at South Bay Prosthodontics

Following an oral exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your symptoms, your dentist develops a treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

Your provider may recommend inlays if a traditional filling would weaken your tooth. Dental inlays can also correct damage that doesn’t affect the cusps of your teeth.

What is the process for receiving an inlay?

Receiving inlays is easy and hassle-free. First, your South Bay Prosthodontics provider uses a local anesthetic to numb your teeth and gums. 

After the anesthesia sets in, your dentist drills into the affected tooth and removes any bacteria and decay. Next, your dentist will make impressions of your teeth and gives them to the in-house lab. 

The renowned on-site master craftsman — one of the best in the Los Angeles area — uses your impressions to manufacture custom inlays on-site. Once your inlays are ready, at a separate visit, your dentist cements them to your teeth. The process of cementing your crown usually takes less than 90 minutes. 

If you’ve cracked, chipped or otherwise damaged a tooth, inlays are worth considering. Make an appointment at South Bay Prosthodontics today by calling or clicking the provided link.